Johannes Gutenberg's The Nuremberg Chronicle

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Books are something that a lot of people in today’s society likely take for granted. Whether they are avid readers or someone who only picks up a book when absolutely necessary, it is unlikely that when picking up that book one thinks of it as something rare. Books on almost any topic can be found at several libraries and bookstores all across the world, but there was a time where books were as rare and expensive as precious metals and gems. Johannes Gutenberg was a fifteenth century German blacksmith and goldsmith, whose invention of the movable type printing press revolutionized the production of books. Before Gutenberg’s printing press, books were created by hand. Scribes would cut out sheets of papyrus or parchment, which was usually …show more content…
The Nuremberg Chronicle was a biblical paraphrase that documented human and world history as it is related in the Bible. The book discusses the history of many important Western cities, and it is one of the first publications to successfully integrate illustrations and text. The Chronicle contains over 1809 woodcuts and is produced from around 45 blocks. It was financed by relatives Sebald Schreyer and Sebastian Kammermeister, both from the city of Nuremberg. The two paid for the manuscript to be originally written in Latin, but they also hired a German scribe named George Alt to translate the work into German; both editions were printed by Anton …show more content…
At first books were difficult to make, and just preparing the writing surface for the book was seen as a long an extensive process that not just anyone was cut out for. Books were something that was seen as rare and precious and could only be afforded and utilized by wealthy individuals and those that worked in the monasteries. With the invention of the printing press however that all changed. Books became widespread they were easier to make and mass produce, and now if someone was literate, they were able to enjoy almost any book. Now, with almost one hundred and twenty nine million different published books in the world and with the e-book being so common, it is hard to imagine that books were once considered rare

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